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Can dark circles under your eyes be due to iron deficiency anemia?

Can dark circles under your eyes be due to iron deficiency anemia?

NO...: Low iron state typically causes paleness of skin, mucus membranes, and it is more evident in your eyes (pale cconjunctivae). So, this should not cause dark circles under your eyes..More likely from chronic nasal congestions which reduce blood flow and causing the darker appearances there--often known as allergic shiners. Treating nasal congestions/allergies may help. Consult your doc.. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

It refers to a low number of red cells in the circulation resulting from a decrease in production in the bone marrow as a result of low amounts of iron available for this purpose. It is the most common type of anemia in the world, commonly due to dietary deficiency, multiple pregnancies, menstrual periods, chronic parasitic infestations, or other causes of chronic bleeding ...Read more


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Help with pain behind my eyes. I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

Help with pain behind my eyes. I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

No: Pain behind the eyes is associated with headaches, including occipital neuralgia with referred pain. Iron deficiency anemia is not a cause of headaches behind the eyes. Severe anemia can cause dizziness and in some cases headaches, but these do not localize behind the eyes. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to be having pain behind my eyes? I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

Is it normal for me to be having pain behind my eyes? I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

No: Fe deficiency anemia should not cause that symptom. Many possible reasons but an exam is really the only way to find out for sure. ...Read more

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My doctor told me to watch exhaustion levels due to iron deficiency anemia. Lately I've been sleeping 10ish hours still tired. Do I Tell her?

My doctor told me to watch exhaustion levels due to iron deficiency anemia. Lately I've been sleeping 10ish hours still tired. Do I Tell her?

Yes, please: You should keep your doctor informed of all the symptoms and all the medications that your taking, including non-prescription and herbal medications. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My pcp and gyn both recommended hysterectomy due to iron deficiency anemia. Also ruling out other issues. Would a hysterectomy be a good idea?

My pcp and gyn both recommended hysterectomy due to iron deficiency anemia.   Also ruling out other issues.  Would a hysterectomy be a good idea?

Depends: If you are done with childbearing and there is excessive menstrual bleeding due to uterine abnormalities, hysterectomy would help. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for iron deficiency anemia to go away?

How long is it supposed to it take for iron deficiency anemia to go away?

Can take months: Depends on if you are able to replace your iron and that the diagnosis was correct in the first place. ...Read more

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What is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

Ferritin: Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level. There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate. ...Read more

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I can't sleep at night most of the time, I have an iron deficiency anemia.. Is this why i couldnt sleep?

I can't sleep at night most of the time, I have an iron deficiency anemia.. Is this why i couldnt sleep?

Yes: Symptoms common to many types of anemia (low hemoglobin) include the following: easy fatigue and loss of energy, rapid heart beat (particularly with exercise), shortness of breath, headache, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, pale skin, leg cramps, and insomnia. Hopefully as your anemia corrects, you will start sleeping better. ...Read more

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Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts? I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts?
I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Rare: Usual cases of iron deficiency anemia are caused by blood loss from some source, whether stool, menses, inadequate intake, heel strike hemolysis, etc. Rarely is cataract formation caused by iron deficiency. The latter has been discovered in a genetic disorder hereditary hyperferritinemia-cataract syndrome (hhcs) presenting with iron deficiency anemia. You should see your md for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

Absolutely: Severe anemia from any cause can throw you into congestive heart failure and then pneumonia. Iron deficiency has many causes, including fad / politically correct diets, but also bleeding from some source that will need to be discovered. And being anemic is miserable in itself, preventing you from working and playing to capacity. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Iron Poor Blood (Definition)

Iron-poor blood is a condition where there is a lack of iron leading to insufficient ability of the blood to transport oxygen throughout the ...Read more